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Menard resigns from School Board

Michael Menard, elected to the Frontier Central School Board 19 months ago, has resigned, citing personal and professional commitments.

Board members were caught by surprise when he resigned effective Dec. 8, Gerald Baldelli, board president, said after the resignation was accepted Tuesday night.

Menard, an attorney, could not be reached to comment.

He won one of two seats in a four-way race in May 2005 that saw two incumbent board members defeated.

Board members thanked him for his service and Baldelli said after the meeting that Menard may have underestimated the time commitment of serving on the board.

The board will discuss its options at its next meeting, Jan. 2. It could hold a special election, appoint a replacement, leave the seat vacant until the next election or -- the least likely -- ask the area Board of Cooperative Educational Services superintendent to appoint someone.

The board also approved two recommendations of David Kurzawa, interim superintendent, designed to tighten oversight of financial matters.

District credit cards, one held by the business office and one by the School Board, will be canceled as of Jan. 1. There were no instances of abuse, but it was felt it would be better that people traveling on district business seek reimbursement instead of using a credit card, he said.

Also, the district has decided to enforce the current policy and suspend all games of chance as fundraisers for school activities. It is aimed at such things as 50-50 drawings at sporting events. Again, it was a question of oversight, Kurzawa said.

The district is switching to new computer software, Finance Manager and Finance/Personnel, and the board approved a $24,540 contract with Erie 1 BOCES to provide training. The system, which will cost almost $92,000 the first year, $85,500 the second and third years and $62,000 a year thereafter, will be cheaper and more efficient than the current FAME software, which districts are phasing out, BOCES representatives told the board. A six-month implementation process will begin in January.

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